The COLUMBIA SPECIMEN RESOURCE REPOSITORY
The Columbia University Medical Center is situated in northern Manhattan, right near the George Washington Bridge. This location provides easy access to many of the most heavily endemic areas for Lyme disease, including New Jersey, New York (especially Long Island and the northern counties of Westchester, Dutchess and Columbia), Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. As such, we have access to scores of patients afflicted with Lyme disease – some newly infected and some who have struggled with the disease for many years.
To enhance and promote research focused on improved diagnostic tests, we are committed to serve as a resource for serum and spinal fluid specimens that can be accessed for study both by researchers at Columbia and by researchers throughout the world. Each of these specimens will come from well-characterized patients, some of whom will have received a very extensive battery of other tests as well – immunologic, genetic, imaging, neurocognitive, clinical profiling. This is an essential national resource.
To further characterize the extent of involvement and damage by Borrelia burgdorferi in humans, brain, spinal cord, and other tissues from people who have had Lyme disease at some time in their life are collected for current and future investigation at the NYS Psychiatric Institute. People with a history of well-documented Lyme disease, which must include a positive Lyme blood test, should contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. It is most important that your next of kin or other individual who will be responsible for arrangements after your death be made aware of your wishes, provided with the Columbia Lyme Center contact information, and be informed that they should contact us immediately after your death. Putting aside in a safe place your medical history and laboratory tests is very important as this information is necessary to review before we can conduct the post-mortem investigation.
In the event that death has just occurred or is imminent, time is of the essence. If this is the case, please call this emergency number 646-549-8880.
Thank you for considering this most invaluable donation to further scientific understanding of the neuropathologic effects of Lyme disease.
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